This is a big boost for the Lions who are in desperate need of new forwards following the departure of ex-loanee Oliver Burke – and Jed Wallace’s departure has also created a considerable void in the final third.
Afobe, who scored 13 goals and recorded three assists in 40 competitive appearances last term, will help to fill those gaps with club-record signing Zian Flemming providing a fresh face going forward.
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In more positive news, Hull City’s George Honeyman is set to link up with Gary Rowett’s side, helping to replace former loan players Luke Freeman and Sheyi Ojo and his presence will also help to provide more attacking firepower.
The striker department is still one that desperately needs to be addressed though because losing West Brom man Wallace is a huge blow and they will struggle to find another wide player that can record as many goal contributions on a consistent basis as the ex-Portsmouth man did.
Forking out fees for the likes of Flemming, Honeyman and potentially Afobe as well, they may need to utilise the loan market for other players like current target Daniel Ballard.
However, in their likely quest to build for the long term, they need to ensure they are tying down the permanent assets they do recruit this summer for the next few years to limit squad turnover and this is why it would be disappointing if 29-year-old Afobe only joins on a one-year deal.
He may have endured injury problems in past years – but at his current age – the Lions should be looking to offer him a two or three-year deal instead because their forward department could look extremely bare again next year if he departs on the expiration of his contract.
And there’s every chance another club could come calling for him next summer if he can replicate or improve his goalscoring record from the 2021/22 campaign. If they lose him without making a profit, that would be a real blow.
They may not seem in danger regarding a potential breach of the EFL’s profitability and sustainability rules – but bringing in revenue from player sales could help them to spend more on incoming players.
These additions could make all the difference in terms of taking Rowett’s side into the promotion mix and now they are in a reasonably decent position, establishing themselves as a top-half side, they won’t want to stand still now.